Guy sent me a text saying â€œCongratulations! I see youâ€™ve turned your love of being photographed into a hobby of photographyâ€ heâ€™d just seen my photos on Flickr.
Of course heâ€™s being sarcastic, but heâ€™s right about one thing; my newest hobby is photography. Itâ€™s not an entirely new hobby but Iâ€™ve been taking a lot of pictures lately.
And, I finally got a DSLR camera! A long time ago when I started noticing non-professional DSLRs, I promised myself that my next camera was going to be a digital SLR camera.
Even though I loved taking pictures, Iâ€™d never really considered my cameras before. My last camera was a Samsung NV7 OPS; and I got it solely for its looks. I fell in love with it while on vacation in the UK, it didnâ€™t have great reviews so I resisted buying it, but the price dropped and I relented.
I loved it! It took amazing pictures, was a great conversation starter and turned me into a bit of a shutterbug. I loved it so much I put aside my dream of owning a DSLR and happily used my NV7 for two years.
I started researching DSLRs again after I joined a photography forum. I researched, read reviews and walked into camera shops and just talked to the staff. I found out that most of them are professional photographers in their other lives. I had very simple requirements for my first DSLR; I was looking for a budget friendly and good entry level DSLR that takes great pictures.
After much research I finally settled on the Canon EOS Rebel T1i (Canon EOS 500D). I went with Canon because P. has the 450D, we can share lenses and the 500D because it shoots HD videos.
Iâ€™ve been going out a lot since I got it; Iâ€™ve taken almost two thousand pictures and it hasnâ€™t even been a month yet. Iâ€™m walking more, and getting better. I took one of those Intro to DSLR photography classes to familiarise myself with the controls, settings and jargons. I learn something new every time I take a shot as a digital SLR newbie.
Iâ€™m still using the kit lens, Iâ€™ll hold off getting a second lens for now, Iâ€™m researching. This weekend Iâ€™m going to rent a couple of lenses from a camera shop that has rentals and take it with me on my trip to Bowen Island.